Pulse.com.gh logo

Election Nigerian MP loses seat for being underage

The Election Tribunal in Niger state has nullified the victory of Murtala Badaru in the last general election on the grounds that he is underage,Vanguard reports.

  • Published:
APC Lawmaker, Murtala Badaru play

APC Lawmaker, Murtala Badaru

24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

The Election Tribunal in Niger state has nullified the victory of Murtala Badaru in the last general election on the grounds that he is underage,Vanguard reports.

Badaru contested the elections to represent Suleja constituency in the Niger state House of Assembly on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and was declared the winner after supposedly polling more votes to defeat Shaibu Iya of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The PDP candidate, however, challenged the election of Badaru at the election tribunal on the grounds of certificate forgery and being underage.

READ MORE: > 'I don't care about your politics' - Asantehene to Ghanaians

But in a ruling yesterday, October 6, Olatunde Oshodi, the chairman of the tribunal, said Badaru was not found guilty of certificate forgery as alleged by the petitioner.

However, he nullified the election on the grounds that Badaru has not attained the constitutional age of 30 years, required to be a lawmaker.

The chairman of the tribunal ordered the Independent National Electoral Commisssion (INEC) to conduct fresh elections within 90 days‎.

But reacting shortly after, Chris Osuagwu, counsel to Badaru, told journalists that his client would appeal the judgment.

RELATED: Voter register demo Submitting a petition is not a shouting game - EC boss to LMVC

The annulment of Badaru’s election comes just days after the election tribunal in Taraba state nullified the victory of Senator Bashir Marafa in the 2015 general election.

Credit: naij.com

Do you ever witness news or have a story that should be featured on Pulse Ghana?
Submit your stories, pictures and videos to us now via WhatsApp: +233507713497, Social Media @pulseghana: #PulseEyewitness & DM or Email: eyewitness@pulse.com.gh.

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos

Top Articles

1 National Identification Card NDC MPs deny grabbing Ghana Cardbullet
2 NPP Government Kennedy Agyapong's wife is board chair of Ghana...bullet
3 National ID Minority goes to court over Ghana card registrationbullet
4 Ghana Card We will beat NIA workers - Ashaiman NDC supporters threatenbullet
5 Chop Chop Akua Blakofe resigns from GTDC over alleged malfeasancebullet
6 Divorce Petition Tony Lithur’s claims of infidelity “can’t be...bullet
7 Cedi Debate Mahama lacks understanding of economy: Bawumia...bullet
8 Health Mahama rips into government over 'no bed syndrome'bullet
9 Odekro Report Here are the MPs who cost taxpayer GH¢1.4m...bullet
10 Secret Admirer NPP's Abronye DC wants to marry Nana...bullet

Top Videos

1 Corruption Allegations NDC MP dares CID boss to arrest A-Plusbullet
2 Anas Exposé Kennedy Agyapong attacks Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsubullet
3 Gyankroma Akufo-Addo President’s daughter abandons duties as Art...bullet
4 Work Ethics Railways Minister sends 14 workers home for latenessbullet
5 Nana Addo $5bn ‘missing’ from gold exports to UAEbullet
6 Dr. Bawumia My husband is doing very well; he’ll return soon –...bullet
7 Political News Prof. Oquaye to be sworn in again as acting...bullet
8 Mo Ibrahim "You are crazy if you vote for old men as...bullet
9 State Visit Mahama holds discussions with Dubai rulerbullet
10 Politics Transition Speaker Mike Oquaye sworn in as...bullet